A Great Go Anywhere Do Anything Watch Option Assembled in the US

Islander #ISL-78

Dimensions: 49mm lug to lug, 40 mm wide, 10mm thick

Case: stainless steel

Case Back: stainless steel screw-on

Strap: bracelet

Crystal: sapphire

Movement: Ameriquartz 7121

Water Resistance: 100m

I have had this watch for a few months now, and I wanted to share my thoughts about it. I have made no bones about being a huge fan of Marc and his line of Islander watches. I believe he offers some of the best value options on the market for the different types of watches he offers, whether it be a field watch, a pilot’s watch, a dress watch, or a diver’s watch, the last of which make up about half of the different Islander models. Marc started with two diver’s models in 2019 and since then has offered over one hundred different models. These watches are assembled in China and the majority of them have NH movements with a smaller number that have the new Miyota 9015 movements. I hold no illusions about what I am getting, which is essentially a watch similar to what I could get on AliExpress but with better QC, warranty, and customer service. This watch represents something different than that.

This watch is the first Islander watch model with an Ameriquartz movement and is part of the resurgence of watchmaking in the US. It is assembled at the Fine Timepiece Solutions factory in Fountain Hills, Arizona, which is outside Phoenix. It has an Ameriquartz movement, an all metal, one jewel movement made in the US at FTS. The Islander #ISL-78 is a field watch models. Currently, FTS can only produce watches assembled in the US, but they are moving towards being able to produce all the components necessary to produce a watch made in the US.

After owning this watch for a few months, I really think it is a great option for a grab and go watch.

A Great Go Anywhere Do Anything Watch Option Assembled in the US

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  • Ameriquartz movement
  • Assembled in the US
  • 40mm is a great size
  • Second hand hits indices
  • No screw down crown